This election, Canada is at a crossroads.
At the start of the summer, the village of Lytton, B.C. shattered Canada’s all-time heat record for three days in a row before burning to the ground. That same week, there was massive flooding in the Yukon, hundreds of people died in B.C. from extreme heat, and more than a billion sea creatures cooked in their shells. The land currently called Canada was on fire from B.C. to Ontario, and the smoke stretched to the East Coast.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in August, dubbed “code red for humanity,” makes it clear that without immediate, transformative action, this will be the new normal. This is not the world we want to live in. We have the power to choose a different path, if we act with the urgency and the ambition the crisis demands. The polls show that climate change will be top of mind for Canadians this election – but it is far from a single, isolated issue. Climate is intertwined with every other aspect of our lives: health, jobs, housing, education, social justice, and security. It impacts the well-being of every person, as well as every other species that shares this planet with us.
This is not the world we want to live in. We have the power to choose a different path, if we act with the urgency and the ambition the crisis demands.
In consultation with our members, Climate Action Network has set out a list of policies that we expect all parties to champion in order to to build the society we want and need. These policy priorities were shared with all parties early in the election campaign. We invite everyone to read through these demands and to call on your candidates to commit to acting on them.
Read our calls to action for all parties this election.